Arkansas police are still searching for two men who shot and killed a Salvation Army major Christmas Eve outside the organization’s community center in North Little Rock as his three young children looked on.
Police held a press conference on Saturday, where they announced a $2,000 reward for any information leading to arrests in the shooting death of Salvation Army Major Philip Wise.
"Our entire community is saddened by this horrible crime," said North Little Rock Police Department Chief Danny Bradley, according to Todaysthv.com.
"Investigators will be working through the weekend on this case and we'll have a relentless effort to try and find the people who committed this horrible crime."
Arkansas police said two men accosted Philip Wise and his children — ages, 4, 6 and 8 — about 4 p.m. Thursday. He says one man pulled a gun, demanded money and then shot Wise.
Wise's wife, Cindy, also a major in the Salvation Army, was inside the center and called 911, but he died on the scene.
Police believe the motive is attempted robbery. They are looking for two African-American suspects in their late teens or early twenties who were seen fleeing the scene, Todaysthv.com reported.
A memorial fund will be set up for the Wise family on Monday. The Salvation Army told the Arkansas Democrat Gazette that any donations made in Wise’s name will go toward a music program at the organization’s summer camp.
Police are asking the public to contact them at (501) 758-1234 with any information that might help lead them to the suspects.